Charles Banting was tried in Portsmouth on 11th April 1844 for unlawfullyhaving in his posession, naval stores from the Portsmouth Dockyard. They comprised, planks, blocks, nails and other things.
- Charles was sentenced to be transported to Tasmania for a period of 14 years.
- He gave his native place as Blandford Dorset.
- Charles was a potestant who could read and write. His trade was given as painter and glazier and he had been working in government employ for 30 years
- Physical description of him: Height 5’53/4″, age 60, fresh complexion, large head, long nose, large chin, medium mouth. Hair brown, eyes hazel. High brow.
- He had a scar on his chin and two on his wrists.
- He married Sarah Elizabeth Williams on 14th Feb 1814 at Portsea but she had died by the time of his trial
Charles left onboard the ship Barossa on 3rd May 1844 and he arrived in Tasmania on 6th September 1844
Charles was put to work with a probation period of one year and nine months at a place called Fringal which came into existence as a convict station in 1827
He emerged from the gang on 9th June 1846
Read about the history of Fingal http://www.fingalvalleyhistory.com/fingal.htm
See the Founders and Survivors Site for more details, the family relationship says b. James at Wimbourne, so let’s assume his father was James http://foundersandsurvivors.org/pubsearch/convict/chain/om661
Parts of the record are a little tricky to read so it will have to wait until I can focus a little better!
At the moment the assumption is that Charles died in Tasmania but let’s see what else we can turn up about Charles Banting
In the 1841 census Charles was living with his wife Sarah at Ordinance Row Portsea Hampshire, with members of the Williams family
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